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Announcement on National Para-Swimming Championships cancellation

British Para-Swimming and Activity Alliance would like to provide an update regarding the National Para-Swimming Championships. This event was planned for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January 2021 in Manchester.

Ellie Robinson in swimming pool

This comes after the government announcement on the Saturday 31 October 2020 that England will go into a second lockdown period from the 5 November 2020. Activity Alliance and British Para-Swimming have taken the decision to cancel January’s National Para-Swimming Championships.

British Para-Swimming is planning to run further virtual racing opportunities for swimmers through the #RaceTheWorldPara series in 2021. More information will be available shortly.

 British Para Swimming Performance Director Chris Furber said:

“It’s extremely disappointing to have to make the decision to cancel this winter’s National Para-Swimming Championships which has been a regular feature of the national Para-Swimming calendar for many years now. Throughout the pandemic our number 1 priority has been the safety of everyone involved in Para-Swimming from athletes to coaches and officials and Activity Alliance and ourselves have left this decision as late as we could. I want to thank Activity Alliance for their continued partnership and I know this event will return in the future. We’ll continue to work on our virtual racing opportunities to ensure all Para-Swimmers have something to aim for during the winter months.”

Barry Horne, Activity Alliance’s Chief Executive, said:

"We know the important role this competition plays in the national swimming calendar. Our priority has always been to plan a competition that is delivered safely for participants, volunteers, and officials. This has proved very difficult in these unpredictable circumstances. As you can imagine, we are extremely disappointed by the decision we had to make. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with British Para Swimming to ensure we can reschedule this important event.”

For further information, please contact Jannine Walker.